Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade, 23d Infantry Division


Place and date: Near the village of Hiep Duc, Republic of Vietnam, 7 June 1970


Entered service at: New York, New York


Born: 10 December 1946, Bronx, New York




S/Sgt. Murray distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader with Company B. S/Sgt. Murray's squad was searching for an enemy mortar that had been threatening friendly positions when a member of the squad tripped an enemy grenade rigged as a booby trap. Realizing that he had activated the enemy booby trap, the soldier shouted for everybody to take cover. Instantly assessing the danger to the men of his squad, S/Sgt. Murray unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own safety, threw himself on the grenade absorbing the full and fatal impact of the explosion. By his gallant action and self sacrifice, he prevented the death or injury of the other members of his squad. S/Sgt. Murray's extraordinary courage and gallantry, at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.



--- General / Personal ---


Last name: MURRAY


Home of Record (official): TUCKAHOE

State (official): NY

Date of Birth: Tuesday, December 10, 1946

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


--- Military ---


Branch: Army

Rank: SSG

Serial Number: 134385372

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E6

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B40


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Start of Tour: Friday, November 7, 1969

Date of Casualty: Sunday, June 7, 1970

Age at time of loss: 23

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Tin

The Wall: Panel 09W - Row 024


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